|Publication number||US7822013 B2|
|Application number||US 10/221,507|
|Publication date||Oct 26, 2010|
|Filing date||Jul 16, 2001|
|Priority date||Jul 31, 2000|
|Also published as||CN1252976C, CN1418424A, DE50114393D1, EP1305936A1, EP1305936B1, US20040042447, WO2002011412A1|
|Publication number||10221507, 221507, PCT/2001/2657, PCT/DE/1/002657, PCT/DE/1/02657, PCT/DE/2001/002657, PCT/DE/2001/02657, PCT/DE1/002657, PCT/DE1/02657, PCT/DE1002657, PCT/DE102657, PCT/DE2001/002657, PCT/DE2001/02657, PCT/DE2001002657, PCT/DE200102657, US 7822013 B2, US 7822013B2, US-B2-7822013, US7822013 B2, US7822013B2|
|Inventors||Thomas Brumm, Robert Kresnik, Patrick Kleiner, Udo Klotz, Norbert Löbig, Irena Romanski, Walter Zinkl|
|Original Assignee||Nokia Siemens Networks Gmbh & Co. Kg|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (21), Non-Patent Citations (1), Classifications (19), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority to International Application No. PCT/DE01/02657 as published in the German language on Feb. 7, 2002.
This invention relates to a system and method to redirect calls in telecommunications networks, and in particular, to a system and method to redirect calls within a voice network that is connected to a data network where the call redirection occurs when a subscriber has not signed on (e.g. logged in) to the data network through a terminal device.
In telecommunications networks that were originally conceived and further developed to provide voice connections, and which should be called voice networks, there are known call-switching service features that ensure that important calls are not lost. Thus, these voice networks, such as land line telephone networks, usually provide the service feature “redirect if busy” for the case that another connection is currently active with the called subscriber, or “redirect if there is no answer” if the called subscriber does not pick up the call, as well as “immediate call redirect” if the called subscriber would like all incoming calls to be redirected to another subscriber connection. Here, the call can be redirected to another subscriber connection in the same voice network or to another voice network connected to the first. Other possible destinations to which to redirect calls are to a recorded message or to an answering machine.
These possibilities described basically arise if a subscriber is connected to a voice network via a data network. Such a data network is, for example, a local computer network such as a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. These networks had originally been developed for pure data transmission containing no spoken language, and thus do not initially provide the service features listed above. They are based on packet switching of data. Since the data transmission rates of these data networks have in the meantime reached very high levels, which are fundamentally suitable for voice transmission, processes were developed to also transmit voice, i.e., telephone calls over these types of networks as well. Thus, only a single network is required and not two parallel networks, the data network and the voice network.
An example of this is the use of IP-based data networks for voice transmission according to the H.323 standard. According to this standard, the following components are provided, among others: terminals, gateway and gatekeepers. Terminals are terminal devices connected to the data network. However, it is always necessary in these data networks that the subscriber signs on or logs in using these terminal devices. A gateway serves to convert the data protocols between the data network and the voice network. A gatekeeper is responsible for administering and controlling the user services as well as the network capacities in the data network operated under the H.323 standard. In particular, the gatekeeper performs the addressing of an incoming call in the data network. The directory number (telephone number) is converted into an address in the data network. In the gatekeeper, the information then exists indicating whether a terminal has signed on under this address of the data network. Telephone calls can be transmitted in the Internet or in IP-based networks using the H.323 standard. If the terminal device of the subscriber is not signed on, the problem arises that an incoming call in the voice network that is switched over to the data network through a gateway can get lost. Not even an answering machine can solve this problem since it also would have to be signed on. It is thus desirable in this case as well to reach a call redirect system.
The invention discloses a method with which an incoming call is redirected for a subscriber in the data network in case the subscriber is not signed on to the data network.
In one embodiment of the invention, there is a switching server which establishes that a call has come in for a subscriber in the data network. A telecommunications network includes a data network (packet network) and/or a voice network (e.g., land line network). Access to a data network is possible through the state “logged in.” The telecommunications network has a switching server that determines whether an incoming call to a subscriber exists, and it has an administration server that recognizes the state of the subscriber as logged in/ not logged in.
In one aspect of the invention, an address for a call redirection for the subscriber is saved in the switching server or administration server. Then, the switching server transmits the subscriber address to the administration server of the data network. After a check is done as to whether a terminal device of the subscriber is signed on (logged in) to the data network, the administration server transmits the results of the check to the switching server. If the administration server transmits the result “not signed on,” the call is redirected to the prescribed address through the switching server.
It is advantageous that the process can be implemented in a telecommunications network as a network with packet switching.
The address for a call redirect can be transmitted to the switching server by the administration server along with the result of the check.
It is preferable for the switching server to not perform call redirect if a maximum number of call redirects to be performed in series is exceeded.
It is advantageous for the process to be applied as a data network in the Internet or in a Local Area Network (LAN).
In another embodiment of the invention, a telecommunications network has at least one data network to which a subscriber has access when a terminal device of the subscriber has signed on (logged in) to it. At least one voice network is connected to the data network that is a suitable telecommunications network for voice transmission, and the subscriber obtains access to it via the data network. The voice network has a switching server that provides call redirects to other locations in the telecommunications network. An administration server of the data network serves to administer and control the user services and network capacities in the data network, and at least one address for a call redirect is saved in the switching server or administration server for the subscriber. The switching server has the ability to query the administration server to see if the subscriber's terminal device is signed on to the data network if the subscriber is called from the voice network. The switching server can redirect the call to a stored address if as a result of the query “not signed on” is transmitted. With a minimum of work and using existing switching means, a call redirect can therefore also be achieved in this case. This is particularly advantageous if the data network is a network with packet switching.
It is preferable to store the address for a call redirect in the administration server of the data network and to transfer it to the switching server with the results of the query.
Advantageously, the switching server can store a maximum number of call redirects that can be made in a series. In this way, multiple call redirects can be limited.
It is preferable for the packet network to be the Internet and for the administration server to be a gatekeeper. Likewise, the packet network can be a Local Area Network (LAN).
With reference to the figures, embodiments of the invention are detailed and will be explained in more detail below.
If a call comes in for the subscriber at the switching server 7 originating from the telephone network 5, the server transmits the subscriber address to the gatekeeper 6 of the Internet 3. After checking whether the terminal device 8 of the subscriber is signed on (logged in) to the Internet 3, the gatekeeper transmits the results of the check to the switching server 7. In case no such sign-on 11 has occurred, the call is redirected to a prescribed address by the switching server 7. The maximum number of repeated call redirects can be limited in order to prevent multiple call redirects one after the other.
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|1||International Preliminary Examination Report for PCT/DE01/02657 dated Jul. 29, 2002.|
|U.S. Classification||370/352, 379/221.01, 370/401, 379/265.04, 379/211.01|
|International Classification||H04L12/66, H04M7/12, H04M7/00, H04M3/00, H04M3/42, H04M3/54|
|Cooperative Classification||H04M2207/20, H04M7/12, H04M7/006, H04M3/42365, H04M3/42374, H04M3/54|
|European Classification||H04M7/00M, H04M3/54|
|Dec 30, 2002||AS||Assignment|
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